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Please save the dates and support your branch AGM

AGM 2017All branch members are invited to attend our Branch AGM at one of our three online meetings to be held on the following dates and times:
Tuesday 8th March 2022

12pm – 2pm

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Wednesday 9th March 2022

1pm – 3pm

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Thursday 10th March 2022


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Inez Kirk, branch secretary said: “This year the predominant issue has been the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects on the workforce and how work is carried out. We have seen employer budgets put under immense strain and that is affecting workplaces and the future of services.

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“There has been increasing demands on services and the workload and stress on staff has increased exponentially.

“The future is uncertain, and we know local authorities face huge budget shortfalls and this will knock on to other providers as they will be asked to do more for less money.

“Pay and recognition of the workforce remains an issue across all employers.”

Steve Gray, Branch co-chair added: “All of our activists have been working hard to ensure you are safe and respected in your roles, but we need you, our members, to help shape the future of how we go forward and represent your views in the new landscape we find ourselves in.

“We have developed our representation and are looking to you to help shape that further to better represent you within the employers and within the branch. The branch have increased participation in our self-organised groups looking to create a branch that is accessible to all.”

AGM votingKate Ramsden, branch co-chair urged: “We need to continue our efforts and embed the advances made to ensure that the future for our members and our union remains secure and sustainable.

“Please put the date in your diaries and play your part in shaping your UNISON to tackle the issues that are most pertinent to you and hear about our work throughout the year.

“This is your union and your chance to have your say.”


Nominations are invited for Branch Officer posts, and a brief outline of the duties of these posts can be found HERE. Any nominations should be made using the nomination form in the below link and emailed back to, no later than Friday 18th February 2022. Please also see further link HERE for details on this year’s nomination process.

Nomination Form – Branch Officer

Nomination Form – Steward/H&S Rep

After then, elections will take place prior to the AGM, if any posts are contested and positions will be notified. Nominations are also invited for stewards. If you are interested in taking on the role of steward for your section/workplace/department but are not sure what it entails, then please get in touch and we can discuss this further. Nominations for stewards should again be made using the nomination form in the above link and emailed back to, no later than Friday 18th February 2022


Motions, and any other business for consideration at the Annual General Meeting, are also invited. These should be sent (preferably typed) to me at the above address no later than Friday 18th February 2022. Motions should be signed by at least two members. The final agenda will be issued no later than Monday 28th February 2022.